Welcome to Horror News Network’s Ten Best Horror Movies of 2019, a series where our staff writers offer their top three picks of the year, which are then calculated using the data gathered to compile a ranked ultimate top ten list of 2019. Each entry below contains excerpts from the staff members who included each film in their personal top three individual picks. Some of the choices were clear cut, and some ties had to be broken, but what you have before you represents many of the best horror films of the year.
Alright, fiends, it’s time to narrow my list down to a top 3! Last week I posted my “Top 19 of 2019” (you can see that by clicking here) and I promised that I would give you my 3 favorites as a part of the Horror News Network staff’s week of favorites. This year was tough as there were really a lot of solid films to choose from, but I like my choices. Without further ado, here they are:
Larry’s Top 3 Picks
#1: Tigers Are Not Afraid
Every once in a while, a film hits you like a truck and sticks with you; you think about it for days and discuss it with friends and strangers alike. This year, Issa López’s Tigers Are Not Afraid was that film for me. Estrella is a young girl who is granted three wishes by her school teacher while they are hiding from a gang shooting going on outside of the class. When the girl’s mother is taken by a local drug lord, she uses one of those wishes but as often is the case with magic in films, things don’t turn out as she’d hoped. Estrella flees her empty home and falls in with a gang of orphaned children who spend their time trying to stay safe in the local Mexican gang wars. read more
Despite all of the hype and positive word-of-mouth and critical reception, Ready or Not wasn’t completely ready to dominate the box office this weekend, finishing in sixth place in what has been a particularly underwhelming season for horror films.
Ready or Not brought in a total of $7.5 million over the 3 day weekend, and $10.5 million since its debut on Tuesday night. Fox Searchlight tried their best to capture audience attention before the weekend began (and Ready or Not is their widest release ever with 2,855 screens), but the film couldn’t muster enough momentum after the early start, even with the highest Cinemascore for a horror movie this summer (B+) and a current score of 87% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Ready or Not may find a larger audience on home video platforms, but the bride as “Most Dangerous Game” tale (which surprisingly avoided the scrutiny of President Donald Trump and others, even though it bears many similarities to the recently cancelled Universal film, The Hunt) will be lucky to end its cinematic run with anything north of $25 million. read more
Lionsgate’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark fell a reasonable -52% in its sophomore frame for an estimated $10 million at the weekend box office. The much-hyped film from director André Øvredal and producer Guillermo del Toro brought its domestic cume to $40.2 million, the second best showing of the summer for a horror film (trailing Annabelle Comes Home) so far.
Internationally, the film added another $5.6 million for an overseas total that now sits at $14 million. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will open in more international markets over the next few weeks, further increasing the film’s bottom line, which should be able to bring in over $60 million domestically for a world-wide total somewhere in the vicinity of $100 million. read more
After a rather lackluster spring, studios are ready to start churning out horror films for the starving, sweating masses this summer. At least eight films in the horror genre are slated for release in June, July, and August this year (a slight increase from year’s past) in hopes that one or two can capture the attention of movie-goers who are already worn out by sequels and mega-budget action and sci-fi epics.
Horror fans have a lot to choose from this summer; everything from classic 1980’s remakes (Child’s Play), another entry from the ever-popular Conjurverse (Annabelle Comes Home), giant critters with a taste for human flesh (Crawl, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged), Ari Aster’s creepy follow-up to last year’s critical smash Hereditary (Midsommar), and a host of supernatural and survival horror originals. read more